Spanish windlass

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A means of increasing the tautness of a seizing by taking a couple of turns with the seizing round a short bar and then turning the bar with a marline spike, held to it by a bight of the seizing and used as a lever. A Spanish windlass is used where maximum tautness is required, as in seizing together a couple of hawsers or binding a strop tightly round a large block and holding it taut while the neck is seized.

Spanish windlass

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